Long wait for village bus shelter is over

The new bus shelter in Rothbury.
The new bus shelter in Rothbury.

A much-needed bus shelter has finally been installed in Rothbury – more than four years after a determined pensioner launched a campaign to have one fitted.

In early spring 2011, frustrated Evelyn Wood took matters into her own hands after becoming increasingly fed up of being exposed to the elements while waiting for public transport in the village.

Her petition for a new shelter was signed by more than 200 people and she sent the signatures to both Northumberland County Council and Rothbury Parish Council.

Since then, a number of issues have halted progress, but, last week, the long wait was finally over when the smart-looking shelter was installed in the centre of the village, at The Queen’s Head.

Designed to fit into the Conservation Area of Rothbury, the shelter cost £7,165.

Half was paid for by Rothbury town and county councillor Steven Bridgett through his members’ small schemes fund, while the rest was funded by the parish council.

The project was arranged by the county council and it is said to be the first bus shelter to be built in Rothbury, although the-now defunct United Automobile Services had a bus station in the village from 1953 and for many years after.

Coun Bridgett said: “I’m pleased we have eventually got some form of shelter in place that is suitable for the conservation area status in the centre of Rothbury.

“The shelter will hopefully provide a medium-term solution for residents until the council begins the process of examining the siting of the bus stops in Rothbury and if they are in the best possible locations.”